Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wozniacki ends Bellis' run in Dubai

   CiCi Bellis couldn't pull off two huge upsets in a row.
   Caroline Wozniacki, a former world No. 1 and two-time U.S. Open runner-up, dismantled Bellis, a 17-year-old product of Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area, 6-3, 6-2 today in 68 minutes in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
   Bellis was coming off her first victory over a top-10 player, No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska.
   Bellis, 5-foot-7 (1.68 meters) and 120 pounds (54.4 kilograms), led 3-1 in the first set. But the 5-foot-10 (1.77-meter) Wozniacki, seeded 10th and ranked 15th, won the next nine games en route to her sixth consecutive Dubai semifinal. Bellis finished with 33 unforced errors to Wozniacki's 15.
   "She's just really solid, really solid off the ground and serving well," Bellis said on "(She was) more consistent than me today. Moved me a lot.
   "She's such a great player. It was really fun for me to see what the highest level is."
   Bellis, the youngest player in the top 100 at No. 70, is projected to crack the top 60 when the new rankings are released on Monday.
   Wozniacki, the 2011 Dubai champion, will play unseeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. Sevastova beat Wang Qiang of China 6-4, 7-5.

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